Pursue your passion for sports and prepare to change lives with a major in athletic coaching and recreation management from Dean College.

Create a dynamic career in a field that you love. The athletic coaching and recreation management program at Dean College combines real-world experience and in-depth academics to prepare you to work as an athletic coach at any level. 

Program Overview

Coaches today do much more than run plays and win games. The best coaches are mentors and educators who inspire players to reach their goals in sports and in life.

As a athletic coaching and recreation management major at Dean College, you’ll prepare to do all that and more. Our program combines a solid academic foundation with activity-based classes and plenty of real-world experience. You’ll learn coaching fundamentals and theories alongside coursework in areas including:  

  • Fitness and conditioning
  • Fundamentals of coaching 
  • Nutrition
  • Personal conditioning skills

Beyond the Classroom

Practice your skills and put your knowledge to use in the world. At Dean, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get hands-on coaching experience. 

  • Complete an internship with a Dean coach. Review recruiting videos, set up practice sessions, design a workout—you’ll discover what it takes to lead a team. 
  • Learn about the field from guest speakers who regularly visit Dean to share their stories, offer guidance and provide valuable networking contacts.
  • Practice your skills by testing Dean athletes on their strength and fitness. 

You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue graduate study or launch a rewarding career as a coach at any level, including college and high school. 

Uniquely Dean

What makes our Coaching and Recreation program best of breed? 

  • Tailor your academic studies to the sport of your choice. 
  • Learn what it takes to be a professional coach by shadowing Dean College coaches.
  • Meet with professional coaches from organizations including the Providence Bruins, Pawtucket Red Sox and New England Revolution. 
  • Pursue a topic of interest through an in-depth project or paper.
  • Gain hands-on experience by working with Dean College teams. 
  • Primary engagement with The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management.



  • Bachelor's Degree*

*The course listing below is based on the Bachelor's Degree program.

Athletic Coaching and Recreation Management Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
SMGT 172 Introduction to Sport Management 3
SMGT 188 Fundamentals of Coaching 3
SMGT 203 Sport Venue Management 3
SMGT 215 Sport Ethics 3
SMGT 305 Organization and Administration of Sport 3
SMGT 405 Sport Law 3
SMGT 418 Advanced Coaching 3
SFL 170 First Aid & Safety/CPR 3
SMGT 187 Individual/Team Sports: Theory and Practice 3
SFL 260 Fundamentals of Physical Fitness & Conditioning 3
ACCT 103 or ECO 150 Financial Accounting or Principles of Economics 3
BUS 230 Principles of Management 3
BUS 235 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 325 Principles of Finance and Budgeting 3
BUS 405 Leading the Organization 3
BUS 495 Business Policy and Strategic Management 3
DCA 100 Career Advantage 1 1
DCA 110 Career Advantage 2 1
DCA 200 Career Advantage 3 1
DCA 350 Career Advantage 4 3
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 6
SMGT 200 Coaching and Recreation Practicum 3
Total Credits 63

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition I 3
ENG 112 Composition II 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
SFL 174 History & Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
PSY 335 Psychology of Sport 3
ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 6
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Open Electives 18
Total Credits 18

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2018-19